As of the early morning hours of Saturday June 20, Larnaca (IATA: LCA) and Paphos (PFO) Airports entered Phase B of the Cypriot Government’s COVID-19 action plan.
The country’s reintroduction of passenger services was split into three phases based upon “epidemiological status” rankings from Category A to C determined by the Cypriot Ministry of Health.
Category A was deemed the most positive epidemiological status and from June 9, it allowed flights from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, North Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Saturday’s moved to Category B status added Belgium, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan, Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates to the possible routes.
Hermes Airports said it has implemented all the necessary COVID-19 measures and
based on its action plan, during Phase B, only passengers and staff can enter its airports. All travellers are required to undergo thermal screening checks as they enter the terminal buildings.
The airport operator noted that all countries included in Phase B will be reevaluated on a regular basis by the Ministry of Health and will be classified accordingly in the categories A, B or C, which includes everywhere that isn’t in either A or B.
All passengers who wish to travel to Cyprus should complete all the documents, through the online portal Cyprus Flight Pass and present all the necessary documentation before boarding.
More details, including information regarding all the measures implemented at Larnaca and Paphos Airports, is provided via Hermes Airports’ website www.hermesairports.com A dedicated section with Frequently Asked Questions regarding the operation of the airports during the pandemic is already available on the website, and so is the chatbot service.
Hermes said that 11,604 people travelled to and from Cyprus during June 9-19 Phase A period which represented 4,846 arriving and 6,758 departing passengers. It recorded 70 aircraft arrivals and 72 departures during this period.
On June 21, 2020, the first arrival at Paphos Airport was a Ryanair flight from Thessaloniki, thereby recommencing the airline’s base operation from Cyprus.
The Minister of Transport, Yiannis Karousos, and the CEO of Hermes Airports, Eleni Kaloyirou, were present when the Ryanair service arrived.
Ms Kaloyirou commented: “This is a very different restart, after a period of time which was unknown for all of us. Through the measures which are in effect as of June 9 at Larnaca and Paphos Airport, we aim to make passengers feel safe and secure during their journey via the airports. At the same time, with the restoration – to a large extend – of the flight schedule, we aspire to give Cyprus tourism the necessary drive to restart and make up for the time lost. We are optimistic that we will make it.”